Businesses hit in armed robberies

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Kevin Mawdsley from the Rockhampton CIB addresses the media.

By Matthew Pearce

Rockhampton businesses have been targeted in two separate armed robberies, with police still searching for one of the alleged offenders.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Kevin Mawdsley from the Rockhampton Criminal Investigation Branch said the first incident was at the Brunswick Hotel.

“On Thursday, 9 September at about 9.15pm, it is alleged a male person entered the hotel’s bottle shop and demanded two bottles of alcohol,” he said.

“He produced a weapon, which was described as a steak knife, and threatened to stab the employee.

“It appears the man’s motivation was simply for the alcohol, he didn’t demand any cash which is unusual for an armed robbery.”

Senior Sergeant Mawdsley said the man left the scene with two $700ml bottles of alcohol, leaving the 19-year-old bottle shop employee shaken but uninjured.

The alleged offender handed himself in on Sunday, 12 September, following police inquiries.

Glenford Mason Car Ngallametta was charged with robbery with actual violence. He appeared at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Monday, September 13 where his matter was adjourned to November 10.

The second incident was at the Subway at the corner of George and Archer streets, Rockhampton.

“On Friday evening at about 10.15pm, about closing time, two persons allegedly entered through a side door, producing a large knife and threatening the young employees who were there,” Senior Sergeant Mawdsley said.

“It appears there was a degree of planning on the part of the two alleged offenders, as they took steps to try and conceal themselves and targeted that particular business at closing time.”

The men allegedly demanded cash and were able to get away with about $1000, with a small amount of money recovered by police a short distance away.

As a result of police inquiries into the incident, a 19-year-old male from North Rockhampton was taken into custody on Sunday and charged with robbery with actual violence.

Cameron Wayne Twaddle appeared in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court the following day, where his matter was adjourned to September 14.

Police are seeking community assistance to help locate the second alleged offender, who is described as being of indigenous appearance and aged between 16 to 25.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Kevin Mawdsley said the staff had done the right thing in both incidents.

“In terms of the Subway offence, two young employees, one aged 17 and the other aged 19, were just going about their business doing the close-up duties,” he said.

“They did everything right in terms of complying with demands. That’s what Police would ask anyone who finds themselves in a situation like this.

“We don’t ask anyone to do anything except comply with the demands made by offenders.”